1999 VRoma Workshop:
We are very excited about VRoma's potential to test assumptions about the
role of internet technology in teaching and learning classics (see
Objectives). We do not, however, advocate using technology for its own
sake, but rather as a way to create new educational possibilities. Since
understanding the nature and capabilities of the tools helps us envision these
new possibilities, we highly recommend the following two on-line articles from
Diversity University, which provide an excellent overview of the various types
of internet tools available for educational purposes:
The first article includes a clear and concise description of all the major
internet tools commonly used in education, including their basic functions,
advantages, and disavantages, plus an appendix with links to specific examples
of each type of tool. The second article briefly describes and compares various
"learning environments" that bring together several on-line tools
through a common interface (note that VRoma represents one such learning
environment, an on-line virtual world); its appendix includes links to a number
of articles and collections of articles on MOOs.
For those with the time and interest to explore them, the following on-line
resources provide useful insights into various topics:
1999 VRoma Workshop Coordinators
- Teaching with
Electronic Technology. An excellent collection of annotated links to
articles, resources, examples, and other helpful materials related to the topic
of teaching with technology, compiled by Michael L. Hall of the University of
of Inquiry: Teaching, Technology and Learner-Centered Approaches to Culture and
History. This excellent article by Randy Bass of Georgetown University
presents a compelling case for why we need to incorporate technology into our
teaching and offers a number of scenarios about how to do it.
Engines of Inquiry: Supplemental Online Resources. The New Media Classroom
Project provides a very useful series of links to articles and sample
assignments on teaching with technology.
- Finding it On
Line: Web Search Strategies. In these pages, Debbie Flanagan provides a
well-designed tutorial describing various types of web search tools and
effective search strategies, including practice exercises and a scavenger hunt.
Peg Syverson of the University of Texas posted this information about the
methods of evaluation in her writing courses, providing an excellent example of
how internet technology can enable new forms of assessment of students. For a
more detailed discussion, see her pages describing the
Record, which include a number of short, evaluative articles.
Student's Guide to Research with the WWW. Craig Branham of Saint Louis
University posted this resource for his writing students, but it would be
useful for students doing any type of research on the web.
- The Internet Class
Page. Paula Davidson of the University of North Carolina-Asheville has
prepared this excellent compilation of resources for her class on the internet;
it includes explanations, examples, and links relating to all types of internet
Unlimited: Enhancing Pedagogical Reality with MOOs", by Cynthia Haynes
and Jan Rune Holmevik. Kairos (A Journal for Teachers of Writing in Webbed
Environments) 1.2 (Summer 1996). This article uses Lingua MOO to explain
many of the pedagogical possibilities of MOOs.
- "Synchroni/CITY: On-line
Collaboration, Research and Teaching in MOOSpace", a 1995 MLA paper by
Cynthia Haynes and Jan Rune Holmevik. Presented in the form of a MOO
conversation, this article describes how the authors' collaboration led to the
creation of Lingua MOO and the development of various types of pedgogical and
Spaces and Education, by Daniel Anderson and Joi Lynne Chevalier. These
pages include both theoretical and practical discussions of the educational
uses of MOOs and Web pages. You must have a frames-capable browser to access
the pages and the necessity of continually jumping between frames can be
annoying, but the the detailed examples of how the authors used the technology
in specific courses are intriguing, particularly Chevalier's creation and use
of a MOO called "Foreign Realms."
- VRoma Links for
Participants. Lists further articles and related resources.
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